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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 7: 2016 Tour de France, first rest day

In this second podcast from the 2016 Tour de France, recorded on the race’s first rest day, our team on the ground — Matt de Neef, Shane Stokes and Dave Everett — discuss the many storylines to have developed over the first nine days of racing. Among them: Chris Froome’s incident with a spectator, followed …

Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling

Although Oleg Tinkov has long stated that he will withdraw from cycling at the end of the 2016 season, the Russian is having second thoughts and has been considering remaining in the sport. A source close to the team told CyclingTips on Tuesday morning in Andorra that Tinkov spoke to team staff members on the …

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Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) triumphantly crossed the finish line alone atop the hors categorie Andorra Arcalis climb in a pelting hail storm Sunday to win Stage 9 of the Tour de France. It was the first Tour stage win for the talented Dutch rider, who now has won a stage at all three Grand Tours at the age of 25. …

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Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees

With about 100km and three major climbs remaining on Stage 9, Spaniard Alberto Contador pulled over, dismounted his bike, waved to TV cameras, and stepped into a Tinkoff team vehicle, his 2016 Tour de France over. Contador abandoned the race in his favored terrain; Stage 9, starting in Spain and finishing in Andorra, featured five …

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Chris Froome, daredevil descender? Defending champ solos to Tour de France stage win, maillot jaune

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome put on a brilliant display of descending down the Col du Pyresourde to capture the eighth stage of the Tour de France Saturday in Bagnères-de-Luchon and, in the process, the maillot jaune of race leader. The Team Sky leader was unable to open a gap on the climb, so he instead …

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Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business

In a candid interview with NBC Sports on Thursday, following Stage 6 of the Tour de France, Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov shared his views on a variety of topics that included Peter Sagan’s run in the maillot jaune, the reason Movistar upped the pace on the final climb of Col de Font De Cère into Le Lioran on Stage …

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Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) took a stellar stage win Friday at the Tour de France on the first of three successive days in the Pyrenees. The rider from Great Britain made the early breakaway and escaped solo from his companions before the category 1 Col d’Aspin. Cummings powered over the final climb and sped down …

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Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet was the last man standing after a daylong breakaway on stage 5 of the Tour de France, soloing to victory in Le Lioran Wednesday and pulling on the coveted maillot jaune as a reward for his efforts. Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) rode away from compatriot Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) on the penultimate climb, the …

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Sagan and Contador: A day of very contrasting fortunes

Cycling giveth and cycling taketh away. For one leader, stage two of the Tour de France was a standout moment in his career. For another, it was a case of fate kicking him when he was already down. There were very different fortunes for Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador on Sunday, with the Tinkoff stablemates …

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Daily News Digest

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, …

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